Andy Murray’s ascent to the summit of tennis rankings has been regarded as spectacular, especially since his transformation into the alpha dog of the tennis courts happened in the age and era of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
As the first British/Scottish man to hold the No. 1 singles ranking officially accepted his World No. 1 trophy at the ATP World Tour Finals launch party at Cutty Sark, what’s compelling about Murray’s ascent to the top of the rankings is the era in which he has accomplished it, according to the Daily Mail.
The Dunblane star also achieved this feat just six months before he turns 30, a birthday that is supposed to signal the beginning of the end of a tennis player. For those reasons, the era in which he belongs and being the oldest first-time No. 1 in his lifetime, Murray’s journey to the summit of tennis rankings should be seen as an ultimate act of perseverance.
To have propelled himself to the top in the same age of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic makes Murray’s achievement remarkable, even if Nadal and Federer are no longer at the peaks of their playing careers. Such has been the competition from the tennis superstars over the years, many would have given up along the way, but not Murray.
At the age of 29 and a half, Murray becomes the oldest first-time No. 1 since John Newcombe held the position in 1974 and the Brit did it in spectacular fashion — retaining his Olympic title, winning Wimbledon for the second time and putting himself at the top of tennis tree. For years, Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have blocked his path. Well, look at him now.
Murray’s journey of being World No. 1 in men’s tennis singles has not come easy as he was just 22 years old when he first held the No. 2 ranking and took this long to make the jump to become No. 1. He has not been deterred and instead showed even greater levels of perseverance and resilience, according to ESPN.
As the ATP World Tour Finals begins this Sunday, perhaps fans will see Andy Murray finish the greatest season of his career by winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time.
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